Houses fixed at long last

2017-05-09 06:01
Sakkies dorp residents are looking forward to the completed housesPHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Sakkies dorp residents are looking forward to the completed housesPHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The members of the Sakkies Dorp Association are dancing to the tune of victory after they managed to get the City of Cape Town to repair rental stock buildings in the area.

The houses were built more than three decades ago and have never been renovated since. They were starting to wear out.

The association’s organisers tried for seven years to get the houses repaired and recently they managed to get a green light.

Karin Doralingo, secretary of the association, says their calls have been heard at last after fighting for so long.

“I feel happy that the City has finally come to the party. It has been a struggle and we fought hard to get this ball rolling. We would also like to thank out ward councillor Marita Petersen for helping us. She has been there for us. Late meetings and everything we put in are finally paying off,” she says.

Sakkies Dorp has 156 houses, of which 151 will be repaired. The ceilings and window panes will be fixed and the houses will be painted.

Since the rooftops are being painted green the residents have found a new name for their area: They now call it “groendakkies” or “mooi dorp”.

For years residents had to endure cold homes with leaking roofs. The paint was also peeling off.

“The houses were not good to look at. They had huge holes. Others were fed up of waiting and they had to put their own ceilings up, but most of them here couldn’t afford that.”

Bernard Gorridon, chairperson of the association, says they are happy that the renovations are finally happening.

“What makes us really happy is that our people are getting quality. It will change this area completely and make it look nicer. The roofs will keep their homes warm.

“We can’t wait to see everything after it has been completed. We are really grateful to the City for fulfilling their promise to us,” he says.

“The other day someone told me how happy she was to hear the rain for the very first time. She even recorded it,” says Doralingo. “This just shows how long our people have waited and how much it really means to them. We are more than happy that we have been able to help them.”

By the time of going to print Petersen had not commented.

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